While it’s true that moms are rock stars in their own right, we think dads are pretty cool too. They drive carpools, whip up dinners, and host play dates. In honor of dad, we found eight of Southern California’s coolest dads who successfully balance their family lives and day jobs, all while making it look effortless. Click through our gallery to meet eight cool SoCal dads.

Richard “RJ” Jaramillo

Richard “RJ” Jaramillo took what could have been an extremely difficult circumstance and turned it into an opportunity to make his family’s life better. After his divorce in 1999, he made a decision to change his life and focus on being the best father to his three children. He founded Singledad.com and learned how to manage a household and be a better parent. His days are now filled with happiness and balance. Before RJ used to focus on trying to juggle all the moving pieces in his life, but now he takes each day as it comes. “As a juggler, in order to be successful, you will always have to have one ball in the air,” said RJ. “You only have two hands and there are three balls. … This constant exchange in juggling is your life. You just have to trust that you will keep the balls moving as you juggle the changes in your life.”

We know there are dozens of cool dads out there. In fact, we bet you know several of them! Who else do you think deserves a spot on our list?

– Leah R. Singer

All photos courtesy of the featured dads